Category Archives: Deelish
Even though blogging has been tossed on the back burner for awhile, I have actually been doing blog worthy activities (other than sitting on the couch “researching” the internet).
So let’s play a little catch up!
As promised earlier this year, I’m doing my darndest to keep my 2012 resolution to try one new recipe a month.
(Please disregard numbers 1, 2 & 4 for now…I’m a work in progress)
Let’s back up a scootch and pretend like I am a domestic goddess chef extraordinaire… and that it’s February.
My plan was to make two small-ish dishes – one for us and one for our dear friends who just birthed a brand new bebe (“Congrats on your new bundle! How about some salmonella to go along with that unrelenting fatigue and incessant crying?! You’re welcome!”) Turns out that I’m bad at cooking AND math. I just didn’t have enough of “spreading out ingredients to make two lasagnas” for us too. However I’m totally confident that it turned out exactly like Pioneer Woman’s 612 “OMG this is so goooood!” comments lasagna. What? Just let me have that.
So although it was a new recipe, I felt like I needed to tackle something that we would actually consume ourselves in order to meet my 2012 resolution. Enter new recipes #2 and #3 (in one month!!).
I saw all of these deeeelish looking grilled sandwiches on Closet Cooking (another Canadian blogger…wha, whaat!) and could barely decide which one to
devour create. After much drooling and panting, I eventually landed on Bacon Guacamole Grilled Cheese Sandwiches served up with Creamy Mushroom and Roasted Cauliflower Soup. Both dishes = TO. DIE. FOR. The soup was fantastic (even with half milk, half light cream, sans wine) and surprisingly easy, and the sandwiches…well, unless you’ve had your taste buds burned off in some sort of tragic hot pizza eating incident – this will change grilled cheese for you – FOREVER.
And just quickly, because we all know that I’m no foodie blogger and I’m running out of synonyms for “yummy”, March’s recipe was super successful and awesome as well. Because I’m that good. I stumbled across this little number on Pinterest (of course) – Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken and whipped up my own rendition of fried rice to go along with it. Muffin and I eat A LOT of chicken breast and it was so nice to change it up a bit. Super tasty and a definite keeper. That said, I totally under estimated how long it would take to cube, dip, roll, brown, give little massages to, sing lullabies for and french braid the chicken’s hair. Plan for some extra prep time to baby that whiny, self-absorbed little chicken so that in the end it is totally your sticky, sweet bitch. Yum!
Alright, enough with the food. (Is anyone else gnawing on the couch arm right now? No? Just me?)
Running is ramping back up for me (and likely everyone else in North America too). The weather is a little warmer, the days are much brighter, and so running is seeming a bit easier. Big selling point for me.
Last month’s virtual race went swimmingly, so swimmingly in fact, that I’ve signed up to do another virtual race! They are just so darn
cheap fun! (Did I mention that I won a prize last time too? Not surprising for people that know me and know that I win stuff. Sorry losers, that random prize has my name all over it.) So at some point this week (Friday, I’m looking at you) I’ve got the 10k Jelly Bean virtual race! Again, you can do the race where ever your little legs will take you and there are four events to choose from (5k, 10k, half-marathon run or half-marathon bike). Or you can do any combination of all four…if you are a giant keener nerd. As for me (and probably most of the other cool kids), 10k it is. Tomorrow is the last day to sign up and you have to complete your event by April 8 – just in time for Cadbury egg snorting! That seems like sound logic to me folks…one little race + mucho Easter candy consumption = balance. Sign up here…now.
And finally for our little catch up (wasn’t this fun? Just like old friends getting together over coffee, except that one annoying friend dominated the whole conversation) …one more awesome thing I did while I wasn’t here – deep water running. Read all about it here. (Spoiler alert, I didn’t drown but somehow still managed to look like a beached whale in a one piece.)
Synonyms: abscond, apostatize, bail out, beach, betray, bolt, check out, chuck, cop out, crawl out, decamp, depart, duck, escape, flee, fly, forsake, give up, go, go AWOL, go back on, go over the hill, go west, jilt, leave, leave high and dry, leave in the lurch, leave stranded, light, maroon, opt out, play truant, pull out, quit, relinquish, renounce, resign, run out on, sneak off, split, strand, take a hike, take off, tergiversate, throw over, vacate, violate oath, walk
Yep, they pretty much all describe my behaviour over the past 14 days. But contrary to popular belief, I haven’t totally abandoned FunnerRunner! The past couple of weeks have been a bit hectic, gloomy and uninspiring – not great reading material. (<–like this) And that just won’t do here. So in the meantime, sit back and enjoy a photo recap from our May 2-4er weekend. And instead of curling up into a little ball with a bottle of Prosseco and a straw, I’ll work on a real update for y’all.
Saturday bright and early…20k prep.
20k done…barely, but that’s another story. (Thank goodness this blog is about clocking miles and not about actually being a good runner) On to the park with Piper!
Off to a backyard shin-diggery-do at Hooles, B-Rock and the new bundle’s pad to eat, drink and be
On the road again…to the Gull River for some paddling and camping with Team Smoyce! (Note: do not attempt camping, in the rain, in May, without dousing yourself in paint thinner (or whatever else is stronger than DEET) and an extra large bottle of something alcoholic enough to distract you from the incessant black flies and mosquitoes. Seriously…blood dripping down the back of my ears.)
There you have it…a post on a running blog and with no useful running material. Maybe I should change the blog name to “Tipsy dog lover”, or more realistically, “I drink too much and take a lot of pictures of my dog”.
This past weekend, I headed out on my own for a leisurely 20km and you know what…I felt ok! (That is, I was fairly confident that my lungs were not going to explode and my hip flexors weren’t actually made of concrete.) I’ve had time to reflect on why this unlikely stroke of endurance was bestowed on me and a few things come to mind.
1) The sun. Seriously. I was bundled up, a la Nanook, and just that bit of sunshine on my face was enough to fool my little brain, and legs, into thinking that -18C was far, far away.
2) New tunes. I cued up the old-school hip hop playlist that Muffin had mixed and lost myself in the nostalgia of high school dances, road trips, illegal substance abuse and dry humping. Kidding, kidding. Just the dances and road trips…and maybe some hijacked Baby Duck. I digress…the point is “Check yo’self” is a sweet running tune.
3) No fear. I did not budge off the shoulder of the road for anyone. And lemme tell ya, people are an angry bunch. They DO NOT want “FreakincrazygetofftheG.D.roadyoustupidarse!!” runners on their turf. But lemme also tell you this…man, it was nice to run on dry pavement. And people can’t tell if you are waving or flipping them off when you are wearing mittens.
So yep, 20km down and it felt great, well, manageable. And all thanks to my new found super-awesome trifecta to super-awesome running power. Maybe this race at the end of the month is an option afterall. Oh and by the way, recovery was slightly better this week…
A French Vanilla Whey Sensation smoothie was a deeelish treat to recoup some tired muscles. Normally, I’m not a huge protein shake, bar, etc. gal and that’s mostly because I’m an “eater”. I like to get a lot of bang for my caloric buck and usually I find products like that a bit dense. Why eat a measly bar when I can eat ENTIRE cans of tuna?? (Besides the mercury poisoning and questionable amounts of sodium…)
Stay tuned for the “FunnerRunner’s guide to not having to amputate extremities”. Oh the anticipation…
This morning, after teaching my usual Friday morning spin class, I reminded the gals to make sure they got a good breakfast – “WITH PROTEIN!” – to recoup those glam gams. (Yep, I teach cycling at a gym…may not have mentioned that during my enthralling running stories.)
So then I started thinking about how well, or really not-so well, I treat my body after working out.
Let’s take last weekend for example. I ran 18km (more like a never-ending crawl straight into the arms of death) , “stretched” (put my hands over my head while gasping for air) and then headed home. Then I’m pretty sure I ate a few handfuls of Party Mix (deelish), had a shower and then made a playlist with Muffin (old school hip-hop…wha, what!) for our super fun cottage party that night. Throw in some leftovers, a bran-blueberry muffin…and zero water and zero protein. Skip a few hours ahead to where I celebrated my awesome athletic prowess with my bestie, alcohol. I may or may not have had a slice of pizza between the living room dance party and the sofa black-out.
Huh. So what could I have done to recover a bit better? How can I starting walking the big talking that I’m giving to others?
So in an effort to redeem myself as a somewhat responsible fitness instructor, here are some of my fave protein sources for post-workout recovery!
- Cottage cheese & tuna – seriously my parents have been eating this concoction since Jane Fonda was the shizzle and we had the exercise album to prove it. Take equal parts (or to your liking) and mix it on up for a wicked lunch treat. (But eat it in your office because people are mean. I’ve learned that the hard way.) My college roomie (Hi Harv!) starting adding a splash of Italian dressing into the mix, which is pretty tasty too.
- Peanut butter – if you run, I don’t need to say another word. Except that I will. PB is like an overpowering force for most runners. It calls to them from the back of the highest cupboard, unsuccessfully hidden behind jars of pasta sauce and Metamucil. I’ve learned this from reading copious amounts of scientific research on the subject. Or not. But I bet I’m right. On another pb/runner addiction note, I was happily eating a spoonful of peanut butter last night (100% peanuts – I’m trying!) and Muffin looked at me and snickered. Me – “What?! Lots of people do this. I’m not weird!” Muffin – “Serial killers probably think they are normal too”. Nice, huh?
- Black beans (with cilantro and lime juice)
It’s good protein, fibre and makes you feel like you can justify a big margarita on the side. And a sombrero.
Just a couple of faves from me…what do you eat after a work out? Share the love, peeps.
PS – here’s an overall good site for fueling and recovery: Performance training foods (Runner’s World)